The idea that 2021 is now or by no means for the Atlanta Falcons to draft their subsequent franchise quarterback within the first spherical is as nonsensical as believing in Bigfoot.
On common, 12 quarterbacks are drafted each single yr which means the Atlanta Falcons are going to have loads of time over the subsequent a number of years to spend a excessive draft choose on a quarterback ought to they select not to take action this season.
Because the Falcons took Matt Ryan third overall in 2008, 37 quarterbacks have been drafted within the first spherical. Some have labored out and others haven’t – the purpose being is that taking a quarterback within the prime 10 of the draft doesn’t assure success within the NFL.
As we wrote earlier, within the 84 years of the AFL/NFL draft, there have been 1,034 quarterbacks drafted. Of that 1,034 simply 178 have been taken within the first spherical. There are at the moment simply 26 quarterbacks at the moment within the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame and roughly one other 20 that needs to be or shall be within the subsequent decade.
Atlanta Falcons could be greatest served to deal with different urgent points.
Whereas Matt Ryan isn’t the reply for the Atlanta Falcons long-term as he enters years 14 within the NFL, he additionally isn’t the issue.
The secondary, offensive line, line of defense, and operating again are way more necessary wants this yr than drafting a quarterback that won’t see the sector till yr 4 or 5 of their NFL profession. With the Falcons believing that they’re actually retooling and never rebuilding, drafting Justin Fields, Trey Lance or Mac Jones within the prime 4 doesn’t make sense.
Over the subsequent 4 NFL drafts, there are going to be loads of quarterbacks accessible for the Falcons to take an opportunity on.
Guys like UNC’s Sam Howell, Texas Tech’s Tyler Shough, USC’s Kedon Slovis shall be accessible in 2022. The category of 2023 will characteristic quarterbacks like Clemson’s DJ Uiagalelei, Bryce Younger from Alabama, and CJ Stroud from Ohio State.
These are simply the subsequent two draft lessons.
The purpose being, life will go on ought to the franchise determine to deal with far more urgent wants in 2021 and may have loads of different choices and probabilities to draft their subsequent franchise quarterback within the coming years – after they’ve gotten all the pieces they’ll from Matt Ryan.